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The Influence of Powder Reuse on the Properties of Laser Powder Bed‐Fused Stainless Steel 316L: A Review
Advanced Engineering Materials, Volume: 24, Issue: 9, Start page: 2200596
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There is a clear economic benefit for the recycling of metallic powder during additive manufacturing (AM). Laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) is one such AM process and research has found that the properties of the powder feedstock can change when the powder is reused through mechanisms such as spatter...
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There is a clear economic benefit for the recycling of metallic powder during additive manufacturing (AM). Laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) is one such AM process and research has found that the properties of the powder feedstock can change when the powder is reused through mechanisms such as spatter generation and alterations in chemistry. Such changes to powder properties can accumulate and may lead to significant differences in the mechanical properties of the final component. Often the changes to part properties are reasonably small; however, there is not currently enough understanding of the specific links between powder properties and the characteristics of the end component for the effects of powder recycling to be discounted. Herein, the typical lifecycle of stainless steel 316L powder in L-PBF, the changes that occur to the powder feedstock, and the effects that this may have on the mechanical properties of components manufactured with recycled powder are reviewed.
additive manufacture, laser powder bed fusion, mechanical properties, metallic powders, powder recycle stainless steel 316L
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Grant Number: EP/T517537/1